In Topeka recently, Kansas Senate Republicans closed the doors to reporters for a private meeting before debating the governor’s tax proposals in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Hutchinson told reporters the senators intended to discuss political strategy and they didn’t want Democrats to know about those tactics. Bruce described the meeting as a “gripe session”.
Well, Mr. Bruce, it was also an obvious violation of state law … specifically, the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Keeping secrets from Democrats when Republicans hold big majorities in both houses of the state legislature. Really?
The Associated Press lodged a protest.
It appears that not a single Republican senator stood up for transparency in government; not one realized that they were all breaking the law.
Or maybe they knowingly chose to be criminals, and they simply don’t care.
Our thought for today is from Daniel C. Gelman:
“Where secrecy reigns, carelessness and ignorance delight to hide … skill loves the light.”